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The NextUp Program (also known as Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support or CAFYES) is a service provided through EOPS to assist eligible current and former foster youth. The program’s goal is to encourage enrollment, retention, and transfer by offering additional services including NextUp Orientation, Workshops, NextUp Grants, Meal Cards, Gas Cards, Parking Permits, and Educational Supplies.






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Dondi Lawrence student support coordinator

Dondi Lawrence, MPA

NextUp Student Support Coordinator
(209) 585-0242

Rene Salazar academic counselor

Rene Salazar

MS in Education Counseling
NextUp/EOPS Academic Counselor
(209) 384-6396


Merced Campus

Student Union Building
3600 M Street
Merced, CA 95348

Phone: (209) 384-6077

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Los Banos Campus

22240 Highway 152
Building A
Los Banos, CA 93635

Phone: (209) 384-6077

Los Banos Campus